/ 1985 / 114 Minutes / Rated PG
Street Date: December 31, 1969
Director Garry Marshall prepared for Pretty Woman by directing this lighthearted Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn vehicle which plays much like Pretty Woman in reverse. Hawn plays a rich socialite who hires carpenter Russell to build a shoe shelf on her yacht. When she disapproves, Russell tells her just what he thinks of her well-to-do ways and subsequently gets stiffed on the bill. As luck would have it, Hawn falls overboard (hence the title) and loses her memory, providing Russell with the opportunity to make her work off the unpaid bill as his wife.
The story, flimsy and trite as it may be, remains engaging throughout. Much of the credit has to go to Hawn and Russell (pairing for the third time, with their other two pairings being Swing Shift and The One and Only, Genuine Original Family Band), who bring much of their real-life romance to their on-screen characters. Both actors spend more time looking like they're having fun than actually working, and that carries over to the audience. In this respect, and others, Overboard is a more enjoyable movie than the later Pretty Woman. Overboard has fewer pretentions, instead being satisfied with just what it is - a light, romantic comedy.
Video: How Does The Disc Look?
Matted precisely at 1.85:1, the picture on MGM's new DVD release of Overboard is solid in many respects. Colors are rich and vibrant, although a tad oversaturated at times, and blacks are deep and solid with good contrast and shadow delineation. There are occasional artifacts, most of which appear to be inherent in the print.
The biggest problem is that the film appears very soft-focused. This is helped by viewing in the component format, but not enough to compensate. The theatrical trailer, the film's only real supplement, is presented full-frame with the top and bottom opened out to preserve the film's original framing.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
The sound, basically 2-channel surround, is unusually thin and strident, with no low frequency and rare surround effects. Dialogue is clear but overly forward sounding, with no spatial integration.. The resulting soundfield is passable, but disappointing.
Supplements: What Goodies Are There?
As mentioned before, the DVD has only one real supplement...the trailer. It also includes a French foreign language track and French and English subtitles. The package lists a